The herpes virus was first documented during the times of Hippocrates (460-370 BCE). He wrote about herpes lesions that covered the bodies of individuals throughout the area and how they would creep and crawl over their bodies. Herpes got its name from the word herpein which means to creep or crawl. It is known as one of the oldest sexually transmitted diseases and is only being more understood in the last hundred years. An interesting fact: Shakespeare mentioned herpes in Romeo and Juliet.
Herpes simplex is a contagious viral infection caused by person to person contact. It is also known as HSV. Contact between persons must be direct to transmit the virus. In cases of children acquiring the infection, it is typically acquired early in life from an adult. There are technically three types of herpes simplex, HSV-I, HSV-II, and Birth Acquired. It is possible to have more than one type of herpes at one time. Herpes simplex is a lifelong virus.
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